Chinese Women and Christianity 1860-1927 / Edition 1

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Chinese theologian Kwok Pui-lan draws on a wide variety of archival material to reconstruct the life of Chinese women in the church. She analyzes their participation in social reform, and looks at their relationship to the feminist movement in China. Compared to their Chinese sisters, Christian women had more prolonged exposure to Western civilization through the Christian Church, mission schools, and Christian benevolence. Their responses, shows Kwok, provide rare information on how Chinese women reacted to foreign influences and religion in particular. At the same time, Kwok's study broadens our understanding of how Christianity adapts to and functions in a totally new cultural context.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555406707
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: AAR Academy Series, #75
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
I Women, Christian Mission, and the Chinese Context 7
Women's Popular Religious Practices 8
Barriers to Mission Work among Women 11
Woman's Work of the Missions 15
Chinese Women and Women Missionaries 18
II The Feminization of Christian Symbolism 29
The Chinese Term for God 31
God the Father 38
Jesus and the Salvation Story 42
Jesus and Women 47
Eve and Mary 51
III Women's Religious Participation and Leadership 65
Women Joining the Church 67
The Segregation of the Sexes and Church Life 70
Women's Religious Activities 74
Female Religious Leadership 80
The Struggle for Recognition in the Church 86
IV Christian Women and Social Reform 101
From Conversion to Social Reform 103
Social Reform in Action 109
The Anti-Footbinding Movement 110
Western Medicine and Health Campaigns 116
The Woman's Christian Temperance Movement 120
The Young Women's Christian Association 126
The Reform Impulse and Chinese Politics 132
V Women's Consciousness and Faith 147
Women's Identity and Consciousness 149
Women's Issues and Problems 155
Women and Social Change 162
Women's Faith and Religious Quest 167
Women and the Church 173
Conclusion 187
Bibliography 195
Glossary 221
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